How to become part of our restaurant network
SFM is working with public and private grants to pay restaurants in our Emergency Food Network. Strict local, state and federal mandates require us to vet restaurants that will be able to provide needed services in a safe, efficient, and structured manner through a bid process. This includes proof of insurance and worker’s compensation, along with a number of other factors. NOT ALL RESTAURANTS WILL QUALIFY.
Please read our FAQ on the application process
Restaurants will be notified when they are being considered for inclusion. There is no immediate timeline. Restaurants are brought into the network based on geographic proximity to need, demand and their ability to meet SFM Emergency Food Network qualifications.
Restaurant partners are chosen based on many factors including their geographic location (are they close to a population in need), ability to output large amounts of food, sanitation and reputation, ability to work with the SFM team collaboratively, size of restaurant (must have significant refrigeration for cooling food overnight), ability to social distance in the kitchen, ability to work within a tightly controlled set of dietary parameters set by our clients (this is not a super creative endeavor), proof of insurance and workers compensation documentation and whether SFM has worked with the partner in previous disasters.
SFM weighs all of these factors and then requires a bid and a contract from the restaurant. Verbal and email requests will not be accepted. Any restaurant interested in participating is welcomed to fill out an application here.
SFM aligns restaurants with their own community, making our approach truly local. We believe that there is a special bond between chefs and their communities, and want to reinforce that. So, we do our best to have restaurants in the Sonoma Valley serve the Sonoma Valley, Healdsburg serve Healdsburg and so on. We also know that its best practice for our food and our environment to transport our meals in as little time and with as little unneeded fuel as possible.
Here are some examples…
La Luz, Town of Sonoma, Council on Aging, Vintage House = Girl and the Fig, Palooza and Picazo
Corazon, Council on Aging = Single Thread, Mateo’s, Pizzando, Chalkboard
Graton Day Labor Center, Council on Aging = Fernbar, Backyard
City of Cloverdale = Catelli’s
Council on Aging = Gerard’s Paella
Windsor Alliance = Chachos Catering
Council on Aging, Catholic Charities = Sonoma Preferred Catering
There are many factors that go into selecting the right partners, depending on location, size of the restaurant, walk-in, or reach-in space, as well as the ability to social distance safely. Partners will be required to show proof of insurance, workers’ compensation, and recent health inspection information. Safety, cleanliness and efficiency are paramount, along with chef or manager-level supervision at all times.
Thank you for your support. Updated 4.20.2020
Our network continues to grow thanks to strong support from our community. Our network of food suppliers includes local restaurants, caterers, food purveyors and more. We thank these network partners and encourage you to support their businesses. Our current list includes:
Our network consists of trusted non-profit partners that make sure SFM’s chef-prepared meals are delivered and shared with food-insecure seniors, immigrants, farmworkers and families. Our current list of Sonoma County partners include:
- Catholic Charities
- City of Sonoma
- Cloverdale Senior Center
- Corozón Healdsburg
- Council on Aging
- Graton Day Labor Center
- La Luz Center
- Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)
- Sloan House Emergency Women’s Shelter
- UndocuFund – for Disaster Relief in Sonoma County
- Vintage House Sonoma Senior Center
- Windsor Service Alliance
Funds are spent on purchasing food from our network of approved restaurants and food partners, and this food is distributed to our aligned, non-profit partner network. Sonoma Family Meal is a volunteer-run, grassroots organization that has fed nearly 300,000 chef-prepared meals since 2017.
What is the SFM Emergency Food Network?
The Emergency Food Network was launched by Sonoma Family Meal in response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in March 2020 with the goal of fighting food insecurity in our community during disasters.
SFM is working with a network of restaurant partners to provide meals to seniors and food-insecure families during shelter-in-place orders and beyond. Restaurants are paid for each meal by Sonoma Family Meal. Our funding comes from government grants and private donors.
Our goal is to help keep restaurants afloat, workers employed and farmers, restaurants and the food industry connected and supported. Our COVID-19 model is a departure from our wildfire relief operations which relied on an army of volunteers, chefs and farmers to create thousands of prepared meals in a single commercial kitchen.